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Despite Japan’s overall wealth and high standard of living, families are broken. More than 30,000 people commit suicide every year. And with Protestants comprising just 0.22 percent of the population, Japan is the second largest unreached people group in the world. But God is at work. Since the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster, the Japanese people are more open to the hope that is only found in Christ Jesus.

In Japan’s highly competitive academic system, many young people have no opportunity to attend university. Genesis International College (GIC) is a new two-year Christian college in the city of Osaka where students will receive a second chance both academically and spiritually. GIC aspires to share the hope of the gospel and infuse the rapidly aging Japanese Church with young leaders for the continued growth of the Church in Japan.

Brent joins a new MTW team as the dean of student life for GIC, bringing with him 15 years experience in university administration including nine years at Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss. He previously served with MTW in Chiba, Japan, where he worked in university ministry and taught ESL classes. Brent is a graduate of Dordt College and Azusa Pacific University.